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Wildcard gave Adderton taste for team ownership

BOOST Mobile magnate Peter Adderton has voiced renewed enthusiasm to get his hands on a licence to become a fully fledged Supercars team owner.

Adderton was the man behind the Erebus Motorsport-run Richie Stanaway/Greg Murphy wildcard which made headlines throughout the Repco Bathurst 1000, starting on the second row and finishing 11th.

Adderton has been involved as naming rights sponsor at various Supercars teams, but never to this extent.

“I have been trying to get my own team and Supercars refuse to sell me a REC (now known as a Teams Racing Charter),” he told V8 Sleuth at Bathurst.

“This felt like my own team and I loved it and I want it, but if you can’t get a REC, there’s nothing you can do.”

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Adderton has since taken to social media to claim, in part: “I will in front of everyone buy the last remaining REC by end of next week tell me where to send the cheque.”

Supercars chairman Barclay Nettlefold expressed to V8 Sleuth an openness to release the 26th TRC which currently sits on the shelf.

“We recognise that we shouldn’t have a one-car team,” Nettlefold said at Bathurst.

“It’s not right for the sport and certainly we are looking at all aspects in regards to that extra charter.”

Adderton has previously said he’ll be withdrawing Boost funding from the Repco Supercars Championship at season’s end.

Car #51 in action. Pic: Nathan Wong

“I’ve said we’re out next year. We’ll take a wait-and-see approach,” he said.

“Until they want me to come in and kind of help, right now I don’t feel they want that, I think they want our money but they don’t actually want our help and experience.

“So for me, we’re out and this is a great, fitting end. We’ll have the Gold Coast and then we’ll go and do some other things.”

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There had been indications that Stanaway might drive a solo wildcard at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, but those hopes are fading.

“I would love to see him drive at the Gold Coast,” said Adderton.

“I don’t own a team or a car, so really it’s up to the car and team owner. That’s why I want my own REC.

“I think we probably won’t come in until they give me a team, until I can buy one or get hold of a REC, then I think we’ll come back because I’m more interested in doing what we did here (at Bathurst) and I felt more at home here than walking into somebody’s else team.”

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